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Chris Hurley and Mark McKenna Publish Article on Clergy Sex Abuse in the Illinois Bar Journal

November 1, 2012  ·  By HM&M


Mark McKenna and I have recently written an article titled Child Sexual Abuse by Clergy: Statute of Limitations and Repose Challenges, just published in the November 2012 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal. The article discusses a recent Illinois Appellate Court decision in a clergy sex abuse case and its implications for attorneys of child sex abuse victims.

In Wisniewski v. Diocese of Belleville, the Illinois Appellate Court held that a Catholic Diocese’s fraudulent concealment of abuse by its priest tolled the statutes of limitation and repose. In other words, a now middle-aged victim of child sex abuse could still bring his claim against the diocese, even though a great deal of time had passed since the abuse, because the diocese prevented the man from discovering the abuse.

In our article, we review the Wisniewski case in depth, give an overview of Illinois law on clergy sex abuse, and provide guidance for other attorneys handling similar cases. As lawyers with extensive experience representing courageous victims of childhood sexual abuse, we want to do all we can to help other lawyers representing victims to challenge unfair impediments to pursuing claims in Illinois courts.

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"Boy Scouts Release ""Perversion Files"""

Last week, Boy Scouts of America released a portion of what are known as the “perversion files” by order of an Oregon court. The perversion files were created for adult volunteers accused of sexually abusing minors in Boy Scouts. These files clearly show that Boy Scouts of America has been covering up child sex abuse... Read More

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Chicago Man Gets His Hand Stuck in Meat Grinder

Last week, an employee of a Chicago-area supermarket got his hand caught in a meat grinder while processing meat. Firefighters were called to the supermarket and attempted to take apart the meat grinder in order to free the man's hand but were unsuccessful. The man was then transported to a local hospital with his hand... Read More

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